In 2011, I was chosen as one of five Canadian Snowboard Legends featured in Snowboard Canada Magazine's 20th Anniversary Commemorative Issue.
In 2005, I was featured on the cover of Europe's leading snowboard trade publication, Boardsport Source, as an actively involved industry insider. As a North American, the recognition of being considered at the heart of the European industry validated my strong network of connections, established after only a short period of being based in France.
In 2004, I was recognized by Snowboard Canada Magazine as one of the most influential individuals in Canadian snowboarding. Beyond my on-snow career, the magazine highlighted my guiding influence on a new generation of Quebec snowboarders.
As well in 2004, I was featured in a cover story in snowboarding's leading trade publication, Transworld Snowboarding Business, about Salomon's renewed brand direction. The transitional period of the snowboard brand had begun and was being noticed.
Snowboarding for me was about discovery; people, places and what was possible strapped-in to my snowboard. Competing was first about these things but my drive and dedication also resulted in some early competitive success, culminating with the Canadian National Champion title in 1992.
I was a professional snowboarder for most of the 90's, trying to see as many new places as possible on the globe while gaining media exposure for my sponsors and competing. Although I came up short on my hopes of being an Olympian, I was a member of the Canadian National Half-Pipe Team previous to the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games and I did get the chance to represent my country in international events.
Actively taking part in snowboarding’s formative years was an incredibly unique opportunity. Experiencing first hand the many growing pains associated with going from a fringe lifestyle to a mainstream sport taught me about industry maturation cycles and the expansionary and contractionary periods associated with such development.
As a professional snowboarder, a variety of brands used my image as well as my opinion in order to build their brand and promote their products. Here is a small sample of ads from the companies I was associated with:
Copy reads: "His mind, his skills, Emanuel rides one of his creations."
Copy reads: "Emanuel Krebs is a perfectionist. Luckily for us, he's not just a member of the Limited Pro Team, he's also our Chief Snowboard Designer."
I have had photos published in every major snowboarding magazine, including Transworld Snowboarding Magazine (USA), Snowboarder Magazine (USA), Snowboard Canada (CAN), Snow Surf (FR), Monster Backside Snowboard Magazine (GER), Snow Style Magazine (JP), and others. Here are a few examples: